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25 essential Vancouver clothing brands that you should know about

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Hello, Vancouver fashion lovers! It’s been a couple of years since we put out our list of some amazing Vancouver clothing brands to know about. Well, times have changed, and we think it’s time to revisit the list! That, and we just want to flex our fashion knowledge (but don’t tell anyone).

Here are 25 Vancouver clothing brands to know about.

Unisex Brands

Arc’teryx

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Wow, Arc’teryx absolutely exploded since we last wrote this list. Of course, their clothing is still pretty much purpose-built for the Pacific Northwest lifestyle. Now, they’ve got collaborations with major brands to pick from, in addition to their core lines. We suggest the upcoming Jil Sander capsule for the subtle “oh, you didn’t catch the release?” look to your friends.

Instagram: @arcteryx

Lululemon

Like it or not, lululemon was one of the brands that managed to put Vancouver fashion on the map. And, they’ve absolutely stood the test of time, evolving every year to stay ahead of the trends. You can’t deny, the products are great for a workout.

Instagram: @lululemon

Kit + Ace

The younger, more cultured sibling of lululemon. And, after getting in sold in 2018, the company has found a niche that works. The technical touches make your average work outfit that much sleeker, and yes, even more functional to boot.

Instagram: @kitandace

Reigning Champ

Let’s say the technical look isn’t really up your alley. Lucky for you, Reigning Champ has been making fantastic leisurewear for years now. If you’re craving classic sweatshirts, sweatpants and accessories, this name is hard to beat.

Instagram: @reigningchamp

VanCity Original

The bold, graphics-oriented pieces made by this company are perfect for those that either love the city or are buying gifts for people that love the city. And, we’ll admit, it’s a way better approach than just grabbing a Canucks hat or something.

Instagram: @vancityoriginal

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Shoes

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John Fluevog

John Fluevog is to footwear in Vancouver what lululemon is to yoga gear. Whether you want it or not, this is the name people associate with the city. On the plus side, the unique and esoteric models have some more toned-down versions to balance them out.

Instagram: @fluevog

Vessi Footwear

A relatively new name with a pretty huge claim- waterproof knit shoes. Well, they’ve convinced us that they’re the real deal, and we’ll take just about anything we can over the dozens of Blundstones and Doc Martens we see on a daily basis.

Instagram: @vessi

Dayton Boots

Speaking of alternatives, this Vancouver company has been making work boots by hand in the same East Vancouver factory for over 6 decades. Quality comes at a price, but if you’re willing to pay it, you’ll have a pair of boots that will last a lifetime.

Instagram: @daytonboots

Native Shoes

On the other end of the price spectrum, we’ve got Native Shoes. Their vegan-certified shoes are mostly between $50 and $100, and are perfect for a trip to the beach. It’s like a more stylish version of Crocs, and we can get behind it.

Instagram: @nativeshoes

Men’s Clothing

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Wings + Horns

The older brother of Reigning Champ, Wings + Horns never really caught on in the same way. Even still, they’ve got a more mature approach to many of the same cuts and styles, from pullover hoodies to polo shirts and accessories.

Instagram: @wingsandhorns

James Coward

This menswear line has done a great job of staying small, but more importantly, staying around. With a focus on shapes and materials, the designers create timeless looks, without ever getting stagnant or uninspired.

Instagram: @jamescoward

Speed Parts

This is the latest venture from the people behind the much-loved Explorer’s Press line. This time around, they’re focusing on car culture, which results in some pretty hilarious tee shirts and accessories. Good bumper stickers, too.

Instagram: @speedparts.shop

Studio A-OK

It’s hard to sum up Studio A-OK. The fun designs pull from a variety of inspirations, but usually centre around vintage psychedelia and pop culture. And while we’re popping this in the menswear section, the t-shirts are absolutely unisex options.

Instagram: @_studioaok

ADAPTURE

If you want to back a new brand from the very start, then this is the name to follow. Some in-the-know readers will appreciate that the guy behind it was an apparel designer for HAVEN clothing and their collaborations for years. He’s starting with simple t-shirts, but we’re excited to see where things go.

Instagram: @adapture.co

Women

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Aritzia

Aritzia can do no wrong, from their actual clothing to their various social initiatives and the absolutely killer social media presence. Fun fact- Aritzia is also one of the oldest brands on this list, having started way back in 1984. We have a feeling they’re not stopping anytime soon.

Instagram: @aritzia

A Bronze Age

This brand makes amazing clothing as well as masks! So if you’re looking to ditch the disposable masks for one that’s more fun and sustainable you need to see what Bronze Age makes. And of course, you can’t go wrong with their bags, dresses and more.

Instagram: @abronzeage

Fortiv

This brand is still quite small but makes some seriously stunning pieces using 100% reclaimed materials. We’re talking about items like vests, jackets, dresses, and a whole lot more. We love the focus on sustainability and can’t wait to see where this brand goes!

Instagram: @_Fortiv_

Hijulez

Julie Roussy Newton creates amazing handmade pieces featuring natural dyes and hand-embroidered accents. She makes items ranging from intimates to one-of-a-kind tops, jackets, dresses, and more. Definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of sustainable brands.

Instagram: @hijulez

Priory

We’re happy to see that this name has stuck around, and continues to put out some fantastic clothing. Priory focuses on making beautiful clothing that can still be worn casually, and they hit the nail on the head with pretty much every collection.

Instagram: @_priory

Bags and Accessories

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Wolf Circus

A relatively new name, Wolf Circus has made its mark not just in Vancouver but along the entire west coast. The flowy, classic designs are perfect for mixing and matching, and are subtle enough to be worn for years to come.

Instagram: @wolf_circus

Herschel Supply

Although the owners are from Saskatchewan (Herschel refers to a small frontier town out there), they founded the company in Vancouver. And of course, this is the final of the Vancouver clothing brands to have reached global fame. Their products are affordable and functional, so we’re down with it.

Instagram: @herschelsupply

briweslawilliams

So the name above is the creator’s Instagram handle. But they make amazing glass accessories and homeware. You can find rings and vases at local shop Picnics and Poetry or on their website. So if you’re in need of some new accessories be sure to take a look.

Instagram: @briweslawilliams

Erin Templeton

For years, Erin Templeton has been crafting fantastic and affordable bags. The main line is great, but we suggest checking out the range of recycled and upcycled products, using old leather or other fabrics to do so. Either way, this is a staple brand to know about in the city.

Instagram: @erin_templeton

AW by Andrea Wong

This brand specializes in bags and accessories, from reusable facemasks to cosmetic bags and backpacks. Everything is handmade with care and meant to last, but still features amazing touches, finishes and lines. We really like the grocery bags for sale.

Instagram: @awbyandreawong

TAIKAN

This brand started out with backpacks, but then went on to make some of the best crossbody bags we’ve ever seen, and at great prices too. If you’re looking for a great bag to just have on-the-go, then we seriously can’t recommend them enough.

Instagram: @taikaneverything

Alright, everyone! That’s our roundup of 25 Vancouver clothing brands that you should absolutely know about. Did we miss one of your favourites? Reach out and let us know! We’re always on the hunt for cool stuff.